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13000 SD Highway 244, Bldg 31, Ste 1, Keystone, South Dakota 57751 USA (605) 574-2523

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Rated 5.0 May 23, 2014 Top Review!

Go late! They stop collecting parking tolls at a certain time. Stay for the lighting ceremony 30 min. after sunset.

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July 14, 2014

Seriously, everyone needs to see Mount Rushmore just for the sheer reason that it even exists. I mean I don't know about you, but if one of my friends said they're thinking of blowin up a mountain in hopes that the faces of George, Abe, Roosevelt, and Jefferson would somehow appear on it, I would have to really sit down and determine whether or not to have them hauled off to the loony bin. Luckily, the artists responsible for Mount Rushmore, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum didn't let anything stop them because this is truly a remarkable work of art and a must see if you're passing through the area.

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October 2, 2013

You're planning a roadtrip, right? It's Mt. Rushmore! Go see it if you haven't yet. Pay to park. There is also a fantastic little tourist town below, which I enjoyed as much as the memorial itself - great place to grab dinner, a beer, and as many Mt. Rushmore novelties as one would ever want. The scenery is gorgeous and the air is fresh. There was a laser light show after dark. My parents loved the photos and I'll probably see them again in the Christmas card.

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Rated 5.0 November 18, 2014

$11 for parking is the total fee for your entire family to get in for the year! The evening show is the most amazing presentation. If you do not feel patriotic and inspired after that I do not know what will make you feel that way. They brought all the veterans down at the end, and it was amazing!

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July 3, 2014

A must see! Very patriotic place. Go late afternoon, eat a buffalo burger in the cafe, stay for the illumination ceremony--bring a jacket and blanket as it gets cool. This is an amazing place!

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Rated 4.0 July 5, 2014

A great place to get your picture is from walking up to Grand View Terrace. Also, be aware that peak visiting time is June, July, and August, and traffic sometimes gets backed up, so be sure to get there early or late in the afternoon.

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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. 

Robinson's initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site because of the poor quality of the granite and strong opposition from environmentalists and Native American groups. They settled on the Mount Rushmore location, which also has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody but Borglum decided the sculpture should have a more national focus, and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain.

After securing federal funding, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Although the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in late October 1941. The U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was still under construction, and has managed the memorial to the present day. It attracts nearly three million people annually.

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Rated 5.0 August 1, 2015

Everyone should see this place. The lighting ceremony is done when the sun goes down. They show a 20 min history video and sing the national anthem and put the spotlight on the mountain. Afterwards they ask veterans to go down to lower the flag. Very patriotic. Cost to get in is free. Parking is $11 and they give you a pass for the entire year. Great stop.

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July 19, 2015

If you are on a road trip in the west, you need to see Mount Rushmore. The history is great and it's just one of those places that you can sit in sheer awe and amazement. It took an artist with a vision, 400 hundred men, leadership, and communication to make this monument become a reality! We heard that the night time presentation and lighting ceremony os beautiful. The timing just didn't work out for us. The walking path around the monument is lovely and it also gives you different vantage points for viewing the monument. The needle spired stones on the drive up to and away from the monument are AMAZING!! The drive is as great as the monument!!

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Rated 5.0 July 17, 2015

Great park. If you're up for a small walk, the President Walk is only .6 miles, but there are stairs. The ice cream scoops are enormous and you can order Jefferson's vanilla recipe. You can't miss patriotic ice cream.

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Rated 4.0 July 21, 2014

This was amazing. Don't see it after Crazy Horse. We walked around the loop, not a bad little walk but does have some steep areas and lots of stairs. I would suggest starting out on the left side (looking at the memorial) and going that direction. Worth getting the audio tour as well.

Food is good but expensive. Plenty of gift shops and places to hang. Parking is overly abundant and there is a pet exercise area.

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February 27, 2013

Entrance to the park is free, but parking is $11.oo per car

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August 25, 2015

the BEST TIME to see Mt Rushmore is when the sun is rising over it! BONUS I was not charged to enter at just after 5am... they had not opened and I just drove in and parked and walked on up! It was about 5 YEARS ago now ~ that I had this opportunity, I was SURPRISED by the grade of the hill to go up so be prepared ~ and comin' down the other side my BREAKS were smokin'! I did not get to see that native monument just down the road, it was still in progress at that time! A UTTERLY AMAZING piece of art, a MUST SEE for sure!

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Rated 4.0 July 4, 2015

Great National park with plenty of locations to get great pictures. Heads up - your national parks pass is not vaild here; they do not charge for entrance to the park - they charge for parking. Tricky.

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Rated 4.0 June 26, 2015

Americana History! A must see for sure. Pay to park once and good for the rest of the year. Not necessary to stay till the lighting at 9pm if you have little ones. They show the movie about the making of the mountain (which is GREAT but I think it's the same movie you can view in the museum area). the lighting is not Disney...just a big white light shining on the mountain that is turned on and then the place closes down.

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Rated 5.0 April 8, 2015

This really is awesome to see. We went in early April and the place was almost empty. It was great! I was skeptical on if this was going to be worth the drive, but I had so much more fun than I imagined. The hills around are simply breath taking, and Mount Rushmore itself is just incredible to witness.

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Rated 5.0 October 11, 2014

This was breathtaking. We arrived early in late September and there were very few fellow tourists. Even though it was very foggy we still enjoyed seeing it. The drive is also beautiful both to the mount and away (south). I would love to go back. There are several campgrounds and cabins that we will stay at next time. The gift shop is very nice and have a lot of one of a kind items. Q

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Rated 5.0 October 9, 2014

This is spectacular.
I've heard it can be underwhelming but I just don't understand how people cannot be blown away by this structure.
We were there pretty early in the morning and it was not that busy. Not so busy that we had any trouble taking pics without annoying other tourists.

The walk up to the monument is stunning with the flags and plaques and overall I found it a fantastic place. We didn't stay for food / drink as we had a long journey ahead but the cafe seemed reasonably priced and the atmosphere was very pleasant.

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Rated 3.0 September 6, 2014

Very cool to see! Parking is $11 but the pass is good for the whole year. There's a nice gift shop and food shops up there too.

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Rated 5.0 July 30, 2014

Drive through Custer State Park/16A to get there and you'll see Mount Rushmore from other viewpoints. Parking fee is good til the end of the year (same license plate). Park ranger gave amazing history to make you appreciate how the monument was built.

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Rated 5.0 July 27, 2014

Beautiful and inspiring! The evening lighting ceremony is definitely worth the time, so stay for that. The Presidential trail is also worth the time and energy you can walk a loop trail along one side, across the front and then back along the other side. There are some great views and photo opportunities along the way. It is strenuous in some parts, with lots of stairs, so make sure you are capable of the hike.

We ate at the cafeteria, and the food was good, there were a lot of choices and the staff was very nice.

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Rated 5.0 July 22, 2014

Go early before all the crowds get there and go on the trails. Once you pay for parking you can return anytime within the year. I left once it started getting crowded and came back late for the lighting. Very cool experience!

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November 11, 2015

Sure, everyone has heard of Mount Rushmore, but seeing it in person is truly exciting. It's greater than you can imagine, and you can even hike right up to the foot of the carvings.

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Rated 5.0 November 1, 2015

This was a wonderful stop! So glad we got to see it - it's fabulous! The surrounding area of Keystone has so many great things to do and see...just watch out for off season - most things close up. We r going to bring the whole family back!

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Rated 5.0 September 15, 2015

It seems pointless to review something so famous and historic, however, I will put my 2 cents in. Mount Rushmore is an awesome place to visit. Make sure you learn all you can from the signs and presentations. It's incredible to see how much work and time went into this monument. Also, make sure you have TJ's Vanilla Ice Cream! It's the best vanilla I've ever tasted!

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September 11, 2015

Come see the 4 presidents! Parking is covered by the America the Beautiful Pass if you plan on seeing a lot of National Parks in the next 12 months ($80).

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Rated 5.0 August 14, 2015

Not pet friendly we had to take turns going up to see the monument be dogs weren't aloud...

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Rated 5.0 August 14, 2015

Great place!!! Loved by both adults and kids!!!

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Rated 5.0 August 14, 2015

Enjoyed the park. Just leave your pet at home as there is no pet access. The park officials say you can take your pet anywhere but past the pillars. But there is nothing before that!

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Rated 4.0 August 4, 2015

You can view from out of the official parking area if you'd like. However, there is a gift shop, cafe, museum, and theatre. National park pass does not cover the parking fee.

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Rated 5.0 June 19, 2015

It was beautiful and the kid's had a great time learning about how it was made.

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Rated 5.0 April 12, 2015

Go later in the day. It's usually busiest around 3 or 4 but it clears out a little later. Plus they do an illumination ceremony.

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Rated 4.0 March 28, 2015

It is worth going just to eat the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream! Oh and there's a big rock someone carved faces into. That ice cream though... It's so good!

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Rated 3.0 March 15, 2015

Ehhh, it's OK, but not that astounding. Atleast I can say I've been there.

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Rated 5.0 March 12, 2015

Really cool to visit! We went in March with beautiful weather and best part was it was empty! Sadly the "sculpture's studio" wasn't open but I left happy!

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Rated 4.0 November 22, 2014

Holy parking maze. Holy gobs of people. It's a must stop, but be prepared to fight the crowds. The visitors center is extremely well done and educational. To fight the crowds a little, I recommend doing the short hike that goes through the forest and right under the rock face. There are still lots of people, but most of the older folk and younger babes are going to stay up near the visitors center.

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Rated 5.0 October 1, 2014

Mount rushmore is something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. It is a MUST stop without a doubt but everyone knows that!

Now for the photographers perspective. Show up just before sunrise as the parking attendant's won't have started yet and nothing beats the first light on the presidents faces!

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Rated 5.0 September 1, 2014

It was an awsome trip from new york to here all alone.
Totally worth it. Love south dakota

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Rated 5.0 August 25, 2014

Pretty neat trip with the kids- 7 and 10. Mount Rushmore is definitely worth seeing!

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Rated 5.0 August 25, 2014

I mean, you have to see Mount Rushmore if you're in the Hills. I love the drive up to the monument, where you can see George peaking out every couple of turns. Once you get to the park, I recommend taking the walking path around the base of the statue, which provides some incredible views of the faces. And if you're visiting during the summer, try and make a lighting ceremony -- it's totally cool to see the monument light up in the darkness after a patriotic ceremony.

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August 17, 2014

It's smaller in person. But it's a must-see. Keep in mind that Interstate Annual Passes are not valid for parking here.

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August 29, 2016

Everyone interested in the history of the United states needs to come and visit this place. It speaks by itself! The sculptures are huge, even if I thought they were more reachable.
It's It's very nice place to visit.

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August 28, 2016

Some crazy feats of human skill here.

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Rated 2.0 August 21, 2016

smaller than I expected..

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August 14, 2016

SD is a must see in its self. I have nothing to say other than make you plans to get out here.

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Rated 4.0 August 13, 2016

Amazing,
It was awesome, go at night and watch the lighting ceremony, it is awesome. But if you go to the lighting ceremony bring a coat and go early to get a seat! Also when you pay at the front you will get a ticket DO NOT THROW IT AWAY!!! It will get you in for a year!!
PS: stay left DONT GO IN THE BUS LANE!!!

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Rated 5.0 August 11, 2016

Breathtaking. Be sure to get a scope of TJ's Vanilla Ice Cream. Best I've ever had.

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Rated 5.0 August 5, 2016

Great place of history to visit. Add to your bucket list.

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Rated 5.0 July 30, 2016

If you are in South Dakota, you should go to Mount Rushmore. End of story. Stand in awe at the base of a mountain with the faces of early America. (Each eyeball is 6 feet across!) Walk through the museum and history building to learn more about the construction of this massive monument. Once you've spent some time appreciating all of the above stop and take a moment to people watch. This historical monument attracts a lot of tourists and I enjoyed watching others enjoy the view. Finally, look around for nearby nature. I watched a few chipmunks sunning themselves, saw a group of mule deer run through the trees to the lower right of the mountain, and took photos of some of the lovely flowers they have near the viewing area. I am so glad we made this a part of our trip out West!

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Rated 5.0 July 1, 2016

We saw this lit up at night - amazing!

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Rated 5.0 June 30, 2016

One word - wow!

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Rated 5.0 June 24, 2016

Fun stop, went mid-day and it wasn't too crowded. Got some ice cream for the family which was very tasty. We drove around for the profile view too. Worth it.

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Rated 3.0 June 21, 2016

I have to say that the first time to it was better than this time. I enjoyed seeing the monument, the exhibit hall was wonderful but the gift shop was too much. I saw way too much commercialism for what this monument is. Don't know if will go back.

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Rated 5.0 June 15, 2016

Great exhibits and movie. Good junior ranger program for kids.

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Rated 5.0 June 11, 2016

A must see. One of my fondest memories as a child and just shared with my kids.

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Rated 5.0 June 7, 2016

Lighting ceremony is a must see. Loved how patriotic it is. The kids were so captivated by the flags lining the walkway on the way in.

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Rated 5.0 June 7, 2016

Awesome

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Rated 5.0 May 29, 2016

This was so amazing! To see the names of all the workers and to think of the skill that went into carving this memorial. I was surprised at the walk of flags commemorating each states' year of admission to the Union. The whole experience made us pinch ourselves to say "Look, we are seeing Mount Rushmore!"

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Rated 5.0 May 29, 2016

It is NOT free admission. Parking per vehicle is $11 and no National Park pass will get you out of it. Still worth it. And if you plan to come back, the parking pass is valid for the rest of the year.

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Rated 5.0 May 21, 2016

A must! Such an amazing and picturesque site.

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Rated 5.0 May 13, 2016

What can you say! It's a must do! Wicked Awesome!

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Rated 3.0 November 19, 2015

See it once in your life but nothing exciting

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Rated 3.0 November 13, 2015

It was a slight letdown; however, it's amazing to see and just to have gone there. You need to see for the history alone.

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Rated 5.0 July 27, 2015

I wish I could have stayed for the lighting ceremony! It was so nice I saw it twice. It's obviously a point of pride for the U.S., so it's worth a visit if you're any where close.

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Rated 5.0 July 23, 2015

Must see

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Rated 5.0 July 20, 2015

Great piece of history!

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Rated 5.0 July 14, 2015

America!!!!!

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Rated 4.0 July 1, 2015

Its Mt. Rushmore, I mean it's an American experience...

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Rated 5.0 March 30, 2015

Beautiful and well worth the trip!

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Rated 5.0 November 30, 2014

worth the visit

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July 4, 2014

You can't miss it, and the road in the mountain to arrive there is very nice

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